21.04. - Golf
Branden Grace admits he is feeling good about his game as he secured a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open.
The South African birdied four of his first nine holes but also bogeyed the fourth at TPC San Antonio.
He picked up three more shots on the back nine to claim a six-under 66 and finished one shot clear of four players.
Will Mackenzie, John Huh, Stewart Cink and Steven Alker all remained tied in second while 13 players occupy sixth place.
Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell and America's Brooks Koepka are among them while England's Ian Poulter is struggling to make the cut after a three-over 75.
Grace set the early pace and admits a strong display at the Masters has given him plenty of confidence.
He told the PGA Tour: "It started at Augusta. Making the cut was big for me and progressed nicely over the weekend. Obviously last week defending is pretty special and you get the positive vibes and the memories.
"I feel my game is progressing in the right way. Obviously it’s easier coming to places like this… it’s nice to make seven birdies. That’s the one round I was waiting for."